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To social network? Or to not social network? That is the question.

I’ve thought a lot lately that social networking these days tells us too much. Even down to how it works, for example some sites show you what people like or what they’re looking at and frankly I don’t want to know.

This has all came to mind because I’m currently trying to not think about someone, I don’t want them in my head, it’s for my own good. Sometimes people just need to drift away for a bit before they can come back (irrelevant, back to social networking) And these platforms are all blasting me with information I could do without. I don’t want to know so-and-so has liked fourteen pictures of the same person AGAIN. Or that that guy has gone and watched so many videos on something I couldn’t care less about.

It isn’t even our fault. We’re going about our daily business and doing whatever we want and these sites are tracking this and sharing that information. Kudos to the people that delve into their settings and turn it all off but most just aren’t even aware of what’s being shared.

Then there are things that are down to the people rather than the sites themselves. Some people are just plain hopeless, there is a difference between liking pictures and SHARING pages and pages of stuff that no one wants to see. When someone purposefully clicks on something to share it with their friends I wonder do they realise just how ridiculous it is sometimes?

An example, one girl on Facebook shares an album entitled McDonalds selfies. In this album there are an array of different poses all taken in the TOILETS. Just WHY? I can understand a bar or a club or something, everyone’s a bit drunk “hey let’s take some pictures“, that’s fair enough, but in McDonalds? Really? Priorities, people. I don’t look at these and think “I wish I was her, her life is so glam.” Sit down and finish your chicken nuggets.

Another example of annoying public declarations is drunken ramblings. Yes, we’ve probably all felt like it at some point, but most of us have the restraint to leave it. There’s one guy on Twitter, never met him, but I know when he’s had a night out because the next day is a constant string of:

“HOW DID I GET HOME?!”

“WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT?!”

“I DONT KNOW WHAT HAPPENNNNNED!!!”

That’s because he looks 15 and he’s acting like a 7 year old with alcohol problems. Why share that kind of information? It only makes him look like an idiot when really he’s probably trying to act like his view of what ‘older’ people do. Sometimes growing up for the sake of growing up isn’t a valid reason for going out and making a fool of yourself.

The opposite of this is quite nice in some respects. Some people barely use Facebook or Twitter for a stream of consciousness and actually use it for SOCIAL NETWORKING, i.e talking to people and being social. Rather than broadcasting their latest fast food photoshoot. This leaves their private life private and their public life pleasant for conversation if ever you might bump into them, as opposed to a very public breakup where the two parties argue on a post and leave 100 comments back and forth. Why not just do that over the phone like you’re supposed to?

Personally I don’t think I’ll ever understand, I think right now for me social networking is a tad redundant. I can’t be bothered, and it leaves me wondering whether or not it’s necessary for day to day life.

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Did you really just…? Lectures, part 2.

So already we’ve had people painting their nails and making rather choice interjections…ahem. Moving on from that, since then there have been a number of questionable activities going on in lectures that I just have to highlight for you kind reader folk!

First up happened a few weeks ago, well, it’s ongoing really. I’m prone to a bit of ‘multitasking’, (you could call it that) or getting distracted…as most would probably call it. So, naturally, while typing away I might just open up Facebook or WordPress to see how the world is getting on and of course I’ll open up a video or two; just the usual stuff: cats squeezing into boxes far too small, large people falling over. It was only recently I realised at the end of a psychology lecture that the entire four rows behind me, all female, had completely switched off on the lecture and were solely focused on joining me in watching a baby eat it’s way out of a watermelon. Cutest thing ever, but I had no idea I had an audience! It was so amusing to turn around and see four rows of “awwh”-stricken faces!

Next peculiarity happened this week. I’d perched myself high up, near the back of a lecture hall so as to avoid awkward lecturer-student eye contact. My friends noticed it before I did, the entire row was shaking in a back and forth motion. It got so bad to the point that you couldn’t write in a straight line. Eventually we singled out one fellow sitting in the row in front that had the same rhythm as our row. His arm was under the desk, all I’m saying.

Ok, he was clearly jittering his leg, but it wasn’t immediately obvious! And yes, I know what you were thinking, reader…and you should be ashamed of yourself!

(We were all thinking it, don’t worry).

Anyway, in the same lecture (once the guy in front got tired) we turned to our right and our eyes fell on a girl, in the middle of the hall, shamelessly KNITTING. Full on killer knitting needles and a big ball of wool just click clacking away! I’d quite happily put that in the bizarre category alongside the lass that likes to paint her nails. What goes through someone’s head to make them think:

Oh, do you know what would be an effective use of my time, now? Catching up on my knitting, winter’s coming after all.

I must say, these quirky folk do make lectures interesting. I certainly have my eyes peeled for more shenanigans going on, leave a comment down below if you’ve ever seen someone doing something that was just plain weird in a rather formal setting. Thanks again for reading!